70 Amazing Facts About India We Bet You Didn’t Know.

70 Amazing Facts About India We Bet You Didn’t Know.

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  • Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies, which originated in India.
  • When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization)
  • The name ‘India’ is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.
  • Chail in Himachal Pradesh is the highest cricket pitch in the world. It is situated at an elevation of 2444 meters (above the sea level).
  • The India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final match in Mohali drew 150 million viewers worldwide.
  • The ‘Place Value System’ and the ‘Decimal System’ were developed in India in 100 B.C.
  • Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The Father of Medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
  • India was one of the richest countries till the time of British rule in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus, attracted by India’s wealth, had come looking for a sea route to India when he discovered America by mistake.
  • The value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, long before the European mathematicians.
  • Until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds in the world
  • India exports software to 90 countries.
  • Jainism and Buddhism were founded in India in 600 B.C. and 500 B.C. respectively.
  • Islam is India’s and the world’s second largest religion.
  • Today, India is the world’s third largest economy.
  • The world’s largest road network is in India—over 1.9 million miles of roads cover the country.
  • KFC had to introduce a “vegetarian” menu for India.
  • India has the largest amount of vegetarians in the world.
  • Chai is India’s national drink.
  • India grows 1.2 million tons of mangoes every year, weight equivalent to 80,000 blue whales.
  • The state of Meghalaya is the wettest inhabited place of earth.
  • May 26 is celebrated as the Science Day in Switzerland in honour of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, because on the day, Kalam visited the country.
  • India has never invaded or attacked a country.
  • India is the world’s largest importer of arms.
  • India is the largest producer of films in the world.
  • The first Granite Temple of the world, the Brihadeswara Temple is situated in Tamil Nadu. It was built during the 11th century, in only five years.
  • To avoid polluting the elements followers of Zoroastrianism in India don’t bury their dead, but instead leave bodies in buildings called “Towers of Silence” for the vultures to pick clean. After the bones dry, they are swept into a central well.
  • The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name ‘Hindustan’ combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.
  • Chess was invented in India.
  • India is the largest democracy in the world, the 7thlargest Country in the world, and one of the most ancient civilizations.
  • The game of Snakes & Ladders was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called ‘Mokshapat’. The ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices.
  • The largest employer in India is the Indian Railways, employing over a million people.
  • The world’s first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC.
  • The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
  • The Art of Navigation & Navigating was born in the river Sindh over 6000 years ago.
  • Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the Sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. According to his calculation, the time taken by the Earth to orbit the Sun was 365.258756484 days.
  • Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus also originated in India
  • The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.
  • Sushruta is regarded as the Father of Surgery. Over2600 years ago Sushrata & his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract, artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones, plastic surgery and brain surgeries.
  • The four religions born in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world’s population.
  • Usage of anaesthesia was well known in ancient Indian medicine. Detailed knowledge of anatomy, embryology, digestion, metabolism,physiology, etiology, genetics and immunity is also found in many ancient Indian texts.
  • The oldest European church and synagogue in India are in the city of Cochin. They were built in 1503 and 1568 respectively.
  • India is the largest milk producer in the world.
  • India leads the world with the most murders (32,719) per year, with Russia taking second at 28,904 murders per year.
  • Karmanasa River in India is considered to be a cursed river and it is believed that touching its water would ruin one’s plans. There’s hardly any development along this river. People around this river just eat dry fruits because cooking food would require water!
  • Martial Arts was first created in India.
  • The world’s biggest family lives in India. One man, 39 wives and 94 children.
  • So much so that Pizza Hut had to open their first pure vegetarian restaurant in the country.
  • India is one of the only three countries that makes supercomputers (the US and Japan are the other two)
  • Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.
  • His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, runs his government in exile from Dharmashala in northern India.
  • India provides safety for more than 300,000 refugees originally from Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who escaped to flee religious and political persecution.
  • Varanasi, also known as Benaras, was called “the Ancient City” when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C., and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today
  • Sikhism originated in the Holy city of Amritsar in Punjab. Famous for housing the Golden Temple, the city was founded in 1577.
  • The Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th century, is the world’s largest religious pilgrimage destination. Larger than either Rome or Mecca, an average of 30,000 visitors donate $6 million (US) to the temple everyday.
  • The largest religious building in the world is Angkor Wat, a Hindu Temple in Cambodia built at the end of the 11th century.
  • Jews and Christians have lived continuously in India since 200 B.C. and 52 A.D. respectively
  • There are 300,000 active mosques in India, more than in any other country, including the Muslim world.
  • India has banned all captive dolphins, stating that dolphins should be viewed of non human persons.
  • India’s tech capital, Bangalore, has increased its office supply by six times since 2006, and now has more Grade-A offices than Singapore.
  • Viswanathan Anand is the first player in chess history to have won the World Championship in three different formats: knockout, tournament, and match.
  • Buttons were invented in India. Yes, your shirt’s buttons.
  • Magnetic Hill is a gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India. The hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference.
  • Lonar Lake, a saltwater lake in Maharashtra, was created by a meteor hitting the Earth and is one of its kind in India.’
  • India’s first rocket was brought on cycle and a satellite on bullock cart.
  • India’s space program is one of the top 5 space programs in the world.
  • At an estimate, 25% of the total workforce of the world’s population will be from India in the next year or so.
  • More than 54 crore people voted in the 2014 General Election – more people than the population of USA, UK, Australia and Japan combined.
  • Today, India has the world’s largest school in terms of students, the City Montessori School in Lucknow. It has more than 45 thousand students!
  • Every 12 years, a religious gathering called the Kumbh Mela occurs in India. It is the world’s largest gathering of people.
  • India has been the largest troop contributor to the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions since its inception.

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